The City of Amsterdam has asked us to set up a dedicated server for them, for their Cities for Change programme. See also this post. There are three things to this. First, we’re setting it up as a scalable server, so when demand rises, we can add more servers to the cluster.
Second, we’re adding options to live stream chosen sessions to streaming platforms, so larger crowds can follow these events.
Third, they have asked us to simplify the join process. This is therefore an opportunity for us to change some of the default configuration options.
For example we can disable the step where you are asked to join with your microphone or only as listener, and have people join with their mike always. That is one step less for the user and probably useful for most people anyway. Especially for first time BBB participants, they sometimes make the wrong choice and cannot talk until they re-join.
We can add to this page other options that we find sensible. If you have an idea, suggest it in the thread below and we can discuss why it would be good or not to change that option.
userdata-bbb_client_title=Cities for Change
→ Cities for Change logo
A few options to try out:
- the user’s webcam by default shows themself unmirrored, that’s counterintuitive and has raised considerable comments. BBB has the option to mirror one’s own video, while this doesn’t affect the others’ webcams.
userdata-bbb_mirror_own_webcam=true( If set to
true, the client will see a mirrored version of their webcam. Doesn’t affect the incoming video stream for other users. Default: false)
The echo test maybe an extra step before joining the room, but it is valuable as it avoids people doing the same tests once inside the meeting. BBB has a recently introduced option to skip it on first join:
userdata-bbb_skip_check_audio_on_first_join= true(Introduced in BigBlueButton 2.3) If set to
true, the user will not see the “echo test” when sharing audio for the first time in the session. If the user stops sharing, next time they try to share audio the echo test window will be displayed, allowing for configuration changes to be made prior to sharing audio again. Default:
→ missing is an option to avoid echo tests when going to a break out session. Any clues?
userdata-bbb_force_restore_presentation_on_new_events=trueIf set to
true, new events related to the presentation will be pushed to viewers. See this PR for more information
The Welcome text in the rooms should be slightly customised, as follows:
Welcome to “room_name”!
This server is running BigBlueButton. It is provided to you by The Online Meeting Co-operative - as a dedicated service for the Cities For Change Programme.
For help on using BigBlueButton see these (short) tutorial videos.
To join the audio bridge click the phone button. Use a headset to avoid causing background noise for others.